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Sentinel Concepts Practical Urban Carbine 6-11/6-12 Part Three

Sentinel Concepts Practical Urban Carbine Part 3 The vast majority of defensive and LE shootings occur in the evening and hours of darkness. The ability to take on the challenges of acquiring and engaging threats becomes exponentially more difficult for many once extra manipulations are required for light work. Steve Fisher of Sentinel Concepts feels strongly that the ability to have low light training is an important element, and he structures it into as many of his class curriculums as he is able. It is with that importance that the class started the night shoot portion of the Sentinel Concepts Practical Urban Carbine course held at the Alliance Police range, and part three of this series of an AAR of the inaugural course continues. Previous AAR's in the series can be found at https://primaryandsecondary.com/articles/ . Students started by verifying and fine tuning zeros again at 50, 100, and 200 yards. The last of the daylight was finally fading quickly by the time the 200 yard line rounds were fired. Barricades were set up at 150 yards. Shooters were tasked with getting single hits on steel spray painted various colors. They were paired with a spotter, and shooters had to engage

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Sentinel Concepts Practical Urban Carbine 6/11-6/12 Part Two

PART 2 T1 Afternoon: The Sentinel Concepts Practical Urban Carbine course is a course designed to  work with students on skills needed to engage targets out to 300 yards. This is a series of topics and skills that are near and dear to me and my duties, responsibilities, and environment. I know Steve likes to push his envelope and skills; he has a pretty good reputation for practical skills relating to rifle work. I was interested in the challenges that Steve “Yeti” Fisher was going to provide. This is part two of this AAR series, covering the work in the afternoon. Part 1 can be found here: Sentinel Concepts Practical Urban Carbine AAR Part 1   The weather was in the mid-90’s during this portion of the training. It cannot be emphasized enough to make sure that one takes care of themselves during training. Healthy snacks such as dried fruit were essential along with plenty of hydration drinks. Water alone was insufficient. Electrolytes need to be replenished, and breaks were given often enough for people to have the opportunity to drink from bottles on their person if they wanted or to refill as needed. I know that I mentally lagged

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Sentinel Concepts Practical Urban Carbine AAR 6-11/6-12 Part 1

It is common that as something evolves or changes over time, certain elements and fundamentals get lost or left behind in those changes. Firearms ownership has increased over the past decade for a variety of reasons. The desire to do more with firearms for protection, competition, and professional purposes had less to an explosion in the firearms training industry. Training courses geared towards defensive use of firearms with repetitions of drills with high round counts for maximum terminal ballistic effectiveness at common self defense environment distances are easy to find and priced according to whatever ones budget may be. Fast paced competitions such as 3-gun has drawn people towards an exciting avenue of shooting fast and often. But the attraction to these means of ballistic delivery also is part of a shift in skills and fundamentals, and an unintended consequence is that certain skills and fundamentals once considered to be a true mark of a shooter are being left behind and forgotten.     The inaugural Sentinel Concepts Practical Urban Carbine class I attended at the Alliance Police Departments training facility in Ohio on June 11-12 is Steve Fisher’s goal to bring back some of those elements. The class was

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AAR: FOLLOW THROUGH CONSULTING – SCOPED CARBINE (Part Four: Day Three/Conclusion)

Follow Through Consulting Scoped Carbine Class Teasdale, UT  March 18 - 20, 2016 By: Seth Young Continued from Part 3: Day Two. Training Day 3 - Sunday After a quick breakfast at the Lodge we met at the LaRue targets at 9:30am. Buck took us through more barricade drills focusing on the approach and setup. On my turn Buck had me knock down the four LaRue targets on the close cliff face, then we displace to another barricade to engage silhouette targets further out. Two of them were about 500 meters away. I had 4 MOA dialed onto my scope for the drill and held on the top of the LaRue target heads with good results. For the two at 500 meters I had to hold an additional 5 MOA over them to make the hits. After each of us went through the barricade drill we walked with Buck up the trail to the area we used for the low light scenario the night before. It was surprising to see how close the targets at the second camp fire looked compared to the way they looked the night before. Buck told us a story about one of his experiences getting

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AAR: FOLLOW THROUGH CONSULTING – SCOPED CARBINE (Part Three: Day Two)

Follow Through Consulting Scoped Carbine Class Teasdale, UT  March 18 - 20, 2016 By: Seth Young Continued from Part 2: Day One. Training Day 2 - Saturday We met back at the lodge at noon and caravanned to Flat Range #1. I really wanted to get some experience with the Tremor2 reticle using it like it was designed to be used. Buck was kind enough to let me borrow his 16" AXTS carbine with Leupold 3-18x44 Tremor2 scope. Like the previous day we cycled through the 12" plates doing the milling drill. I noticed that the wind really pushed the 223 bullets around a lot more than the heavy 7.62 bullets I was using the day before. The wind wasn't as bad as TD1, but it was enough to need the wind dots on the Tremor 2 reticle. Like the previous day, we cycled through as a group with each shooter getting two shots to hit a plate, then moved on to the next plate as a group. Buck shows how to use the speed shooting formula on the Tremor2 reticle. AXTS carbine with Nightforce 4-16 scope with Tremon3 reticle. Magpul D60 drum fed over watch. After the 12" drill

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AAR: Follow Through Consulting – Scoped Carbine (Part Two: Day One)

Follow Through Consulting Scoped Carbine Class Teasdale, UT  March 18 - 20, 2016 By: Seth Young Continued from Part One: Part One. Training Day 1 - Friday In the morning we met at the cozy Red River Ranch lodge. After a delicious breakfast we met downstairs in the classroom for initial instruction. Buck gave us a bit on his background and experience as a certified marine MCLMM. He laid out the intent of the class: marksmanship fundamentals (i.e. 'gunfighting') in a practical/operational environment. To do that Buck focuses on three areas:  Move, Shoot, and Communicate. I would really encourage everyone to take a class from Buck to get the in-depth explanation on those topics. Buck does a great job of conveying through his experience the "what, how, and why" of each of the points listed under the tree topics. Move, Shoot, and Communicate Next we talked about Buck's preferred way to quickly engage targets outside of CQB (further than 300m): Todd Hodnett's speed shooting formula. This is a method for quickly measuring a target using the reticle then going directly to a hold-over without calculating distance to target as an intermediate step. The H59, Tremor2, and Tremor3 reticles are set

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AAR: Follow Through Consulting – Scoped Carbine (Part One: Introduction)

Follow Through Consulting Scoped Carbine Class Teasdale, UT  March 18 - 20, 2016 By: Seth Young Introduction One of my favorite weekend activities is hiking up into the mountains and target shooting. In order to continue developing this hobby I've taken several DMR/SPR style classes by now. A few have been small local get-togethers down at the fabulous high-desert North Spring range in Price, UT. Another was the Magpul Dynamics DMR/SPR class at Sniper Country in Tremonton, UT. Off the top of my head I can think of several individuals I know that do much more hiking, shooting, and hunting in mountain / high-desert regions than I do, but here are my observations and experiences as an outdoors enthusiast at the Follow Through Consulting Scoped Carbine class in Teasdale, Utah. Instructor Buck Doyle is the owner and instructor of Follow Through Consulting. From his website: "Buck Doyle served over 21 years in the US Marine Corps, including 17 years and multiple combat tours with Special Operations units. As a Reconnaissance Marine attached to 1st Force Recon, 1st Recon BN, and MARSOC units, Doyle served as Team Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and Chief Instructor at Special Missions Training Branch. He has current,

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Sentinel Concepts Low Light Handgun and Carbine AAR

Sentinel Concepts Low Light Handgun and Carbine AAR Instructor: Steve Fisher By: Joshua Lepselter ***[Note: the attached pictures show the light setup on the rifle and the splashback experienced from the light being so far behind the front sight]*** "If there is a 50% chance of rain, you'd carry an umbrella. Tonight there will be a 100% chance of dark." I have lived by that motto for the past few years. I can't remember where I heard it from or if I came up with it myself. It is a mindset that there will be dark, every night for many hours. The problem is that the majority of commercial firearms training classes are in broad daylight. Gunfights do happen in daylight but they also happen in low light and no light. Why is it then do training courses revolve around daylight when nighttime is arguably more important and more dangerous? In my opinion, if you can fight at night, you can fight in daylight better so why not train more often at night? A reason could be that the night is spooky and that it is more practical to get students to come to a daylight course. Whatever the reason,

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AAR: DARC LECTC

AAR: Direct Action Resource Center: Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism Course By: Randy Hudspeth Objectives:  Enter and systematically clear a complicated residential and/or commercial structure that is occupied by a well equipped, well organized and fanatical terrorist cell with a small group of officers.  Execute a coordinated deliberate, hasty, assault with support elements and multiple teams.  Counter-assault armed suspects from a vehicle.  Pursuit of multiple armed suspects on foot while in urban and open terrain.  CBRN operations.  Limited visibility operations.  Sustain effective contact & disruption of the terrorist’s goal(s) while managing casualties.  Non-electronic Communication and Coordination TTP’s.  Stronghold domination techniques.  Coordinate & Link-up with rapid response teams(uniform officers) on and/or IVO active terrorist cells in contact.  Rapid & fluid (scalable) response to simultaneous attacks, both mobile & fixed, in variable terrain under adverse conditions.  Proper coordination, training and use of Patrol Officers, and other Emergency Personnel, for active counter measures.  Establish mind-set for the LEO to appropriately deter, counter & contain a homicidal paramilitary operation within their jurisdiction. Direct Action Resource Center (DARC) held another Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism Course (LE CTC). This course is based on proven

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AAR: Sentinel Concepts Essential Carbine Employment

AAR – Sentinel Concepts Essential Carbine Employment By: Phil Axelrod Instructor – Steve Fisher When: 10-11 October 2015 Where: Nunn, Colorado Cost - $450 Ammo : 1000 rounds (rifle) 300 rounds (pistol, optional) Class Size: 12 students My background and realm of experience - Active duty US Army Infantry Officer, Bachelors and Masters degrees in education and curriculum development/instruction (focusing in Biology), ten years of experience giving basic-level firearms instruction. When in student mode, I tend to watch instructors for more than just the information they are presenting, but also how they present it and how confident they are with the material, their gear, the class size, etc. Gear – I brought two rifles and two pistols with me: 12.5” BCM SBR with Ops Inc 12th Model Suppressor, 14.5” BCM Upper/P-Tech lower M4 clone (more on this later), Beretta M9A1, and Glock 19. I chose to wear my Crye Precision JPC 1.0 with ESAPI plates during the majority of the class, as this is what I wear for work. I was shooting Wolf 55gr Polyformance FMJ .223 Remington and Blaser Brass 115gr 9mm ammunition. I use Aimpoint sights and Viking Tactics padded slings. Intro Steve started off Day One with

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